The Bureau works with the belief that all members of the community will have both support needs of their own and the capacity to support others at various times in their lives – in some cases simultaneously. It is our mission to identify and link together community needs and solutions to enable people to live independently and improve the quality of life for local communities.
We are a nationally accredited volunteer centre and the needs and rights of both local people and our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to developing solutions that can be delivered through effective voluntary action and partnership working.
Over the last 20 year The Bureau has grown and evolved, in line with the changing needs and wants of local people. We have moved on from being ‘just’ a volunteer centre and now offer a range of different services including:
- Community Companions – helping people who need a bit of extra support with practical day-to-day services. This helps people look after their health, stay active and live independently within their local community.
- Volunteering – ongoing support to help people find the right formal or one-off volunteering opportunities that match their interests, skills and time.
- Economic Wellbeing – help for people to move into paid employment through skills development, volunteering placements and pre-employment support.
- Infrastructure Support – helping other local voluntary groups to recruit and induct volunteers, provide DBS checks, and training for volunteers. We also provide meeting rooms and equipment hire, photocopying, promotion and information sharing.
- Working in partnership – with local groups, the public sector, regional and national bodies to develop vibrant and creative volunteering communities. With thanks to the Big Lottery for supporting our services
The future for all voluntary groups has become more challenging with cuts to public sector funding and greater competition for grants and contracts. So just as health and social care services are changing – and in some cases reducing the scope of their services – we find ourselves entering the next phase of transforming and adapting our services.